Bob Dole was the longest-serving Republican leader in Senate history. In 1976, he was the Republican nominee for vice president, and then in 1996, he was Republican nominee for president. He served as the chairman of the World War II Memorial campaign and as chairman of the International Commission on Missing Persons in the Former Yugoslavia. Wounded in World War II, Dole was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star, and in 2018 he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. He passed away in 2021 at the age of ninety-eight.
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